MONARCH BUTTERFLIES

January 9, 2020

monarch

I really enjoy crossing paths with people studying wildlife and such was the case today when Patty and I were out for our two mile walk and came across Tonya Vanhook. Tonya is down from Tennessee and holds a Ph.D. in etymology. As we met up with her, she had just captured a Monarch Butterfly that she was planning to tag and release.

Tonya very kindly took time out to share with us what she was doing and how and why she was doing it. Her study of the Monarch Butterfly migration patterns was something Patty and I have read about and Tonya's depth of knowledge and infectious passion for the topic drew us in.

She provided a few suggestions of how we could plug in and keep up with all that is going on and I found myself taking careful mental notes of all that she was sharing. With all that is going on in this area with the Monarch Butterfly migration, it just seems like an interesting thing with which to be involved.


BIRD FEEDING

December 16, 2019

birds

In the world I grew up with, one of the signs I observed that indicated people were getting old was when they took up bird feeding and bird watching. Well, I can't say that I sit on the back deck waiting for them to show up on one of the feeders, but I do enjoy the sight whenever I pass by the windows and glance in that direction.

As with anything else in life, there always seems to be a challenge to anything worth doing and the bird feeder has proven to be no different. I don't mind refilling it but I do mind the way the countless crows have taken to emptying the feeder in less than a day's time after a refill.

We purchased another feeder designed to prevent larger birds from feeding, but the crows have become pretty adept at shaking it and flying down to the ground to enjoy the smorgasbord. We even purchased a seed type that crows aren't supposed to like, but I haven't seen it slow them down so far. Oh well, just one more of life's many opportunities for problem solving. At least we don't have any squirrels out here on the waterfront.


WILD HOGS

December 13, 2019

Wild Hog

I was recently making the 6+ mile trek through the St. Marks Wildlife Preserve from our house to the closest store when I saw this guy on the side of the road. I knew if I slowed down and tried to bring the camera app up on the phone he would be gone before I could get my foot to the brake pedal.

So, I took a close look as I drove on by and he acted like he could have cared less that I was even there. As I drove farther, I was really regretting that I had not pulled out the phone and tried my luck at getting a shot.

So, on the way home I decided to have the camera app loaded and ready in case my friend decided to hang around for dessert. To my surprise, when I approached the same spot, he was still there chowing down on the roadside cuisine. And, when I stopped and let the window down he didn't even pause to glance my way. He seemed happy to just snack and wait for his close-up.


INTERESTING VISITORS

April 13, 2018

Deck bird

One of the things Patty and I enjoy most about the forgotten coast is the incredible variety of wildlife that tend to reside in this area. Whether it's a new visitor on the back deck, or a school of porpoises feeding down below and on the ever present and plentiful mullet that school close by, there is always something to be enjoyed.

On a recent visit from our son, we had the rare treat of seeing a tagged manatee (aka sea cow) swim by off the back deck. They seem much more common up around Wakulla springs during the colder time of the year, but it was a real treat to see this one swim by.


DOLPHIN JUMP

April 12, 2018

With all of the dolphin activity we tend to see from the back deck, and especially with the youngsters that jump completely out of the water and do flips, we decided to name our place Dolphin Jump.

We moved here in May of 2017 and I shot the video below in June, not long after we arrived. I've seen reference on nature programs to what we're observing in this particular video but it's still something to witness it up close and in real life.

A dolphin will paddle around a school of fish and then slap his or her tail in the middle of the school to create confusion and open up an opportunity to grab one of the unsuspecting victims.

It's quite something to watch and has been a pretty common sight around here.

(Apologies for the background noise)


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